Thank you both - it’s on our list to take back to the PB. My husband is certainly a gadget guy - our whole house is wired to Alexa, and we’re planning on installing outdoor cameras before the dig starts so we can watch while we’re away (and for future security of course).It also can update it’s firmware automatically, has a lot more feature circuits and schedules available. It is the latest tech vs one that has been out for awhile. I really don’t know why Pentair would keep selling the other products especially because when you add it all up, IntelliCenter is basically the same price.
My favorite feature is the Apple Watch app. I can control the water feature, spa temp, and everything else from my watch while I’m in the pool.
So, you can dig into all the features, but basically it comes down to wouldn’t you want the latest product that costs the same as the outdated one?
Good to know - will read through that later today! We're doing porcelain tile - I want something that looks "natural" with just enough shine to it so our pool isn't majority rock work.Just note that the infinity edge spa will be harder to get into and can be a bit dangerous if you have kids (here is our thread discussing tile and the edge Infinity edge spa). In the end I really love the look of it and will just warn people not to step up onto it when getting in but our pool builder didn't share the drawbacks. Are you going glass tile or porcelain?
My husband wants to go with Ivory, but waiting to see samples in person. I prefer something darker with more variation, especially because we're getting rid of the stone coping, but am willing to compromise on it. I'm really eager to see the tile options so I can start picking out waterline & spa colors!Looks great. I sometimes wish we did porcelain throughout. What type of Travertine are you doing?
We have the arlo camera system...Im very happy with it.....While we were on vacation last week, we got HOA and financing approvals! We met with our PB yesterday to tighten up some details on the contract and get that signed, and our pre-construction meeting is tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. The goal is to start digging within 7-10 days, or earlier if someone at the city permit office decides to approve us earlier.
Random-ish question -- we were thinking about adding an outdoor camera system as part of future security/liability stuff but also to time-lapse video of our build. Nest vs. Ring? We have Nest thermostats in our home currently.
We get so many deer around us - they wander all over and even hang out in our front yard in the mornings - I’ve stood no more than 20 feet away from them and had a staring contestLOVE,LOVE,LOVE your back yard!!! It is purrfect for a pool and nature watching at the same time. Do you get many deer and other wildlife visiting?
You say they are dumping the dirt back there. Will you have someone level it out of just let it lay where it falls?
I just talked to our PB about that - we're at 20k gallons (pool & spa) combined b/c we're doing an extended shallow end with a steeper drop-off to the deep end, so the size is a bit misleading. He's certain that the IC40 would do just fine and that upgrading to the IC60 would be a $300 upgrade but it would barely run at full capacity. If the rule of thumb was a SWCG ~2x the pool capacity, it appears we are right in line with that.That all looks like it will be amazing. I found a slight upgrade you'll need for the SWG. The IC40 will have to run almost all day to keep up with that many gallons. Go for the IC60 and it wont have to be run or replaced as often. It should only be around $200 more and that is small potatoes with the scope of your project.
Yeah - after being at the resort in Cancun last week and feeling the difference between a 6" depth and a 10" depth, we definitely wanted a deeper shelf. We also changed the 360* spa from a 12.5* negative edge to a flat edge with a slightly rolled interior to make getting in and out easier for everyone. For the stone columns, they'll match the ones on the front of the house to truly integrate the look, and it will give us enough height in the pavilion to drop down a nice-sized fan and drop a tv-mount from the ceiling so we can watch football.The step in on the shelf is a great idea! It will make it even easier to get in and out AND have the depth you want!
Stone columns?? That will be so pretty!
Will you get some sod/grass seed to put on the dirt once everything is done?
We have LOTS of deer also as well as otters that come and swim & eat frogs from our pond! Our 'shep used to love to stand with the deer in the evening as they grazed in the yard. He was almost as big as the smaller ones LOL Our current dog does not really care about them.
It will be on the side, as it is in the photos. We'll clear out part of our flower bed that is there and possibly relocate the hostas to the back of our deck where we have a shady spot.Will your equipment be on the backside of house or on the side (outside of fence as the picture renders)?
We've talked about dropping the fence down the hill, but that will very quickly blow our budget, as nice as it looks. As it is, we have to get an additional 30 lnft (~$600) of fencing above what we originally estimated, b/c we want it to go to the edge of the slope to leave room at the back of the pool area to play cornhole. Hubby also talked about expanding it out from the left side of the house (equipment pad side) to have more of that space inside the fence line - more fence... though I'm opposed to that b/c that's where the kids play soccer, and I'd prefer they weren't running/chasing the ball in the pool area.One thought on the back side fence location. We found that with our fence being located down the slope, it creates a great viewing experience from the pool or pool deck because you can't see the fence on the downhill side of the pool. So it is like the fence isn't there. Here's a picture to explain better. They used a lot of the dig dirt right below the pool since it was a bout 3' above grade on that side. We still have a nice play area below the fence and I landscaped everything inside the fence.